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‘Mario Kart Tour’ beta will arrive on phones next month

It’s almost here! Today, Nintendo announced a “Closed Beta Test” for Mario Kart Tour, a long-delayed mobile spin-off that we currently know diddly-squat about. (Seriously, Nintendo hasn’t released a single screenshot.) The sneak-preview will be avail…

Nintendo Switch passes the N64 in lifetime sales

Nintendo sold 2.47 million Switch consoles in the three months leading up to March 31st, 2019, bringing lifetime sales to 34.74 million. That’s a tad disappointing for the house of Mario, which moved 2.93 million units in the same period last year. N…

Next Nissan GT-R to likely feature hybridization and autonomous driving

By Jonathon Ramsey

The first- and second-generation Nissan GT-R sold for four years, from 1969 to 1973. The R32 to R34 generations covered 13 years, from 1989-2002. The current R35 generation, already 12 years into its run, will shuffle its b…

Airbnb may create original shows to spark the travel bug

Airbnb might not be content with hoping that you’ll book a stay on your next vacation — it may want to make that vacation more appealing in the first place. Reuters sources say Airbnb hopes to create original shows that would encourage would-be cus…

Google launches Duo group video calling in ‘select regions’

Google has been testing a group calling feature in Duo for the past few months, and now, it’s actually live. Well, in a few countries at least. According to Duo head Justin Uberti, the feature has rolled out in “select regions”, with Indonesia being…

‘Super Mario Maker 2’ has a release date: June 28th

Four years after the first Super Mario Maker proved how hard it is to make videogames, its sequel is coming to the Switch. Nintendo dropped a preview trailer for Super Mario Maker 2 a couple of months ago and said it would arrive in June, but now it’…

India lifts ban on TikTok

An Indian state court moved to lift a nationwide ban on the popular short-form video app TikTok. A nearly week-long ban in India on the app is now reversed, lawyers involved in the case told Reuters on Wednesday. Google and Apple removed the a…

Amazon tries hiring lawyers for sellers claiming patent infringement

Amazon has been battling counterfeits for years. It’s tried charging merchants large fees, creating a registry of approved vendors and launching a self-service tool for removing knockoffs. Now, according to The Information, the company is testing a p…

Samsung’s strange, gigantic Galaxy View is ready for round two

You probably weren’t looking for a sequel to Samsung’s lap-crushing Galaxy View tablet, but you’re getting one anyway. AT&T has teased the release of the Galaxy View 2, another take on the Android tablet and mobile TV hybrid. It’s not quite as co…

Tesla will begin selling its own in-house insurance ‘in a month’

Tesla released its Q1 2019 earnings on Wednesday and despite having a significant slowdown from the previous quarter, the company remains confident that it will meet its ambitious production goals for the year.